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're america's energy toll road and can provide investors with a secure source of dividends, but his investment in north dakota's oil rich bakken shale continues, cramer's looking for companies that are ready to expand. don't miss the ceo of enbridge energy. all coming up on "mad money." >>> moments like this when everybody is terrified that our economy could slide back into a government induced recession next year, i got to start looking at high quality companies that are immunized against this slowing economy. for example biotech companies that can thrive even during a recession, because that's the type of thing you don't cut back on, no matter what. this week we caught one of those medical conferences that will tell you which ones have the most upside. it's the american academy of pharmaceutical companies. i'm highlighting not one but two small cap biotechs. let's start with immunogen. it develops next generation cancer drugs that allow chemotherapy agents to directly target a tumor. immunogen rose from $11.50 to about $18 on bullish expectations about a breast cancer treatment. then at the
state. they want green rj energy which makes them double up on fossil fuels. they want a carbon tax and with a 52% rate i heard their businesses are fleeing to arizona. former mississippi governor haley barbour has been appointed to do an autopsy on gop losses last month. we are going to look at the forensic evidence on this one. first up, take a listen to this one. one of the many radio ads by the kept of agriculture encouraging people to sign up for food stamps. >> would you look at margie? she looks amazing. >> she sure does. >> i wonder how she stays so fit? what's her secret? >> well, she told me that food stamp benefits help her eat right and she stays active, too. >> guess what. unfortunately this is working. despite an improving economy and declines in unemployment we learned the number of people on food stamps is still soaring. this is government dependency at its worst. here now is the story. political reporter from the daily caller and margie omara. margie, i have to go to you first. in some sense this is a bipartisan story. if you look at the evidence that's come out tod
a question for you. i called you about spectra energy. today with the acquisition of the pipeline and the 9% dividend what do you think i should be buying? >> i like spectra. can i state that i think that kmp is a good opportunity down here? >> that got hit real bad. i would snap that one up in a heart beat. let's go to jack in new york. >> booyah from brooklyn. >> i'm going to be there later this evening, we should hang out. fedex is reporting better package shipments. do you think that will carry their shares into the next point? >> we were going back and forth after a frustrating day where dollar general blew up. maybe that wasn't such a good day yesterday for federal express and for urgent mail. but we are holding onto it formal. every stock has been tipping itself lately. you know, i like companies so much more than congressmen. it is going to be hard for democrats and republicans to compromise. i cannot blame people for being cautious. i did get a lot of good vibes about no legislation and you know what, i learned that i think ceos are better. "mad money" will be right back. but inves
, they're america's energy toll road and they can provide investors with a secure source of dividends, but his investment in north dakota's oil rich back and shale continues, cramer's looking for companies that are looking to expand. all coming up on "mad money." well, if it isn't mr. margin. mr. margin? don't be modest, bob. you found a better way to pack a bowling ball. that was ups. and who called ups? you did, bob. i just asked a question. it takes a long time to pack a bowling ball. the last guy pitched more ball packers. but you... you consulted ups. you found a better way. that's logistics. that's margin. find out what else ups knows. i'll do that. you're on a roll. that's funny. i wasn't being funny, bob. i know. you won't take our future. aids affects us all. even babies. chevron is working to stop mother-to-child transmission. our employees and their families are part of the fight. and we're winning. at chevron nigeria, we haven't had a reported case in 12 years. aids is strong. aids is strong. but we are stronger. and aids... ♪ aids is going to lose. aids is going to lose
marc ginsburg. appreciate the update. >>> a major green light from the energy department for oil and gas. believe it or not, it calls for more drilling here, more exports of our own resources, drill, drill, drill. we will have the details next up. and don't forget, free market capitalism is the best path to prosperity. just look at the energy industry, what is happening there, if government would just take its paws off it. if we want to improve our schools... ... what should we invest in? maybe new buildings? what about updated equipment? they can help, but recent research shows... ... nothing transforms schools like investing in advanced teacher education. let's build a strong foundation. let's invest in our teachers so they can inspire our students. let's solve this. sponsored report gave a full endorsement that more liquid natural gas exports will help our economy and more shale oil and gas production will make us energy independent. question, will the epa keep its snout out of this great breakthrough energy process? here now to tell us is john hoffmeister. john, what's this t
, petroleum-based fuels, but i think this is huge. the energy from the stove can also be used to charge your cell phone or other electronic devices. can you imagine the millions of people in the northeast that were without power and gasoline in hurricane sandy had these camp stoves handy? the blackout would have been a lot more pleasant and i wouldn't have had to worry every minute that my phone would die, which was really my chief -- when i was trying to do this phone downtown. my phone kept dying. plus of course there are billions of people in the developing world who don't have access to power but they do have access to cell phones that need charging and they cook using wood-burning fires every day. which is why biolite's also testing a large stove for homes that produce electricity. this is an amazing invention and i think it could change the lives of billions of people. which is why i'm thrilled to have biolight's ceo and its chairman here with us tonight to talk about the revolutionary products. mr. sear, mr. levy, welcome to "mad money." >> thanks very much. >> good to see you. >> goo
to become one of the world's top energy producers. and eog resources has been leading the way in some of the country's largest finds. can this oily play continue to produce slick gains? cramer drills down in his exclusive with the ceo. and later, overpowering? e tunes have been on a role since announcing its acquisition of grant cooper industries. now that the deal is closed can this stock still light light up the sticker or is it time to pug the plug? don't miss cramer's exclusive with the ceo all coming up on "mad money." >> don't miss a second of "mad money." follow jim cramer on twitter. have a question? #madtweets. send jim an e-mail to mad money at cnbc.com. or call us at 1-800-743-cnbc. head to madmoney.cnbc.com. ♪ [ male announcer ] you build a reputation by not breaking down. consider the silverado 1500 -- still the most dependable, longest-lasting full-size pickups on the road. and now we've also been recognized for lowest total cost of ownership -- based on important things, like depreciation, fuel, and maintenance costs. and now trade up to get a 2012 chevy silverado all
. our road map begins with a $20 billion deal. freeport mcmoran getting into the energy business making two acquisitions. plains exploration and mcmoran exploration. >>> concerns over the u.s. economy as adp misses estimates. the blame goes to superstorm sandy. goldman says the party is officially over for gold. >> starbucks at an investors conference will add 1,500 stores in the u.s. over the next five years. wait until you hear what they said about china. >> a big day in media. pandora ceo joins us live later this morning as the stock fell nearly 20% on weak guidance and netflix signs a big exclusive with disney. how much are they having to pay up for that? >>> let's deal with this big deal. as i've been telling you we'll see a lot of big deals -- i was wrong. here we are. freeport mcmoran buying not one but two companies. the combined price if you add it all together gets close to $20 billion. that does include debt. let's go through some of the details. it's somewhat complex. let's start with bigger of the two deals. freeport's purchase of plains. approximately $6.9 billion in total
energy markets. the obama administration has said the study will be central to the decision on whether to export. he said exporting the gas would be a bigger impact on the economy. >> slap in the face of dow chemical. of coke, not coke the beverage company. but this was something that was hotly disputed within the romney campaign. he really let this stuff go because the romney campaign had some very big givers that were chemical companies. >> do we know, say, very bad, how much will prices conceivableably go up if we become an exporter of natural gas? is it that great a difference? >> we burn offer more natural gas than we use. burn off, in other words literally, you see those flames, we flare more than we use. so we got a real excess of this stuff. >> the government says that the -- 6.6% of current u.s. consumption. >> why would prices move that dramatically at all? wouldn't they just come down globally? >> the average, our $16 goes to $4. it costs $7 to get stuff from the united states. >> you should argue that they should go down because they went be the only one. dominion has brooi
in engineering and math. it's not in financial services. >> where are you on energy in this country? >> where are we? >> where are you? in terms of fracking, in terms of things that -- and i've seen you've been financing. >> one of my directors, i want to say we don't have an energy policy, yes, we do, it's just a bad one. the united states has been one of the most profitable energy nation on this planet. we never put a rational energy policy that changed the cost of btu, gas taxes, however you want to do it fairly, it's hard to do fairly because people in north dakota use coal and people in maine use hydroelectric. but if you did raise it, you would have created a less volatile market and you would have created a huge market of energy. it's hard to put hundreds of billions into alternative energy, if oil would go back to 50. it is. you're just not going to get that kind of investment. we didn't have a great energy policy. we're importing 50%, 60% of oil from overseas, from places that want to kill us. and now, the lord looked down upon us and has given us another chance. let's use it. that c
or if you need to mix it up a little. let's start with a tweet. tonight from @tom, who writes, clean energy fuel, groupon, broadcom and -- wow, am i diversified. you can be diversified but also be really -- have some really bad stocks, and, oh, doctor. anyway. all right. groupon, i got the mani pedi coupon this morning, i wanted to leave "squawk on the street" because they offered me three in one day for half value. but i don't know what it is, so i stayed and did the job. all right. santander, spanish bank, broadcom, my charitable trust owns it. cisco, these two are too much alike, clean energy fuels, total speculation, groupon, you know, maybe it's time to swap into zynga. all right. that was a stock joke. bank, i don't even know what this is. bank, speculative energy play, real technology company. man, you know what you need here, you need like bristol-myers or something like that. and certainly like let's put an industrial in there, how about honeywell? dave cote's doing a great job. that would spruce up this portfolio. do we have like -- are we r-rated? do we have like -- i think we're
in this country. we're better than china. meanwhile our energy costs are plummeting courtesy of the cleaner, cheaper fuel, natural gas. so cheap here it can be liquefied in the united states and sold overseas at much lower prices. potential exporter dominion later tonight. that business unimpeded by washington could be brimming with jobs. a lot of projects on hold, though, fiscal cliff. yep, the obstacle is washington, all because of the need to sock it to the 2%, not the 1.5% and the over $400,000 crowd, the 1%, or the need to fulfill the anti-tax pledge of allegiance many of our congressmen made to my college chum grover norquist. i thought bill gates and chief justice roberts were powerful. he makes the other guys look like crash dummies. we're on the cusp of an economic boom in this country. but we have politicians that would rather create a recession, a mandated economic collapse, let's create a bear market versus rising above. and guess what? these enemies of wealth and job creation may get their way and win. yes, to borrow a phrase from my own rant last time we were on the brink of a
, canada has given china's state-run energy firm cnoc the okay to buy nexen. >> some are calling this pivot towards china after a lot of back and forth. ottawa over the weekend approved china's largest foreign takeover ever. cnooc has been given the green light to acquire canadian energy company nexen for $15.1 billion. now, the cnooc deal is the one getting all the attention. here is why. it would give a huge china eeps state run enterprise a firm foothold in canada's oil sands. third only behind saudi arabia and venezuela. it was not an easy decision for the prime minister and his conservatives. he had to walk a fine line, appearing open to investments and diversifying canadian energy exports away from the u.s. but not appear to go be giving china control of northern albert ya's oil sands. so he will allowing the deal, but harper says this is not a garage sale and he will not give an approval the next time to foreign state observed enterprises. >> a series of large scale, controlling transactions by foreign state-owned companies could rap idealy transform this industry from one that is es
of energy that's both cheaper and cleaner than coal or oil, talking about natural gas. but we end up burning off millions of cubic feet of it a day because we don't have enough demand since our government refuses to support embracing nat gas for service vehicles. while we probably aren't going to use it ourselves, last time we got good news in the form of a government report. commissioned by the department of energy that gave its blessing to the idea of exporting the fuel via liquefied natural gas terminals, it's a positive for the natural gas stocks. maybe the biggest beneficiary and you might not have thought of it, dominion resources, letter "d." it's a major utility for providing electricity to customers in west virginia, pennsylvania, and north carolina. the company used to have an oil and gas business but sold that off years ago at the top. dominion now is a gas ticker as they hope to build an export facility in maryland and it seems more likely this project will be approved in the wake of yesterday's pro nat gas report. the company has a history of raising the dividend to boot. and be
sheets as he just said, steady cash flow, growing dividends, also global energy and emerging markets. they are very bullish on domestic plays in brazil specifically and china. rob telling me he thinks latin-america is on fire. north asian cyclical stocks. mexican banks and industrials. then they move on to discounted exporters on europe's periphery. you have to be careful there. but if you want it add risk to your portfolio, that's where they are going. and small self help united kingdom company. >> a very eclectic mix. >> i was at world economic forum, the winter world economic forum in china. >> right. >> that's all anything anybody was talking about. what they were talking about is businesses building product for internal consumption. that's where the growth will come from. >> that's why when the trade figurers came out in china, people weren't concerned about it. they were more concerned about their own internal growth. >> and that policy makes that shift to a more balanced policy. >> well watch this market closely with you guys. thank you so very much, ty, over to you. >> fed ch
. >>> enough energy from wind to power the entire many times over? it is not the latest sci-fi flick. some experts say it is a real possibility but the industry faces a possible setback. its controversial tax credit could go over the fiscal cliff. >> when swind placed on the surface of the earth, you can get something like 20 times the amount of power that civilization now uses. >> reporter: ken caldera authored a new study that claims wind is the way. >> the wind you can't power civilization on wind today has to do with economics and engineering. >> reporter: he points for history. >> one of the reasons why fossil fuels are cheap is that they have received large subsidies from the federal government. >> reporter: right now wind power gets a subsidy, too. $1 billion a year from uncle sam. but that could vanish december 31st when the country hits the fiscal cliff. to caldera, that's the short-run risk. in the long run, he sees a clear, if not political pristine, path to more reliance on wind power. >> i think we'll eventually get to the point where we see a need for technologies that can pr
broken investors' trust by diversifying into energy with these $9 billion deals. back to you, sue. >>> we are just off the highs of the day, up 130 points. we'll continue to follow the markets for you. >>> plus, emergency landings and inspections by regulators. growing pains for boeing's new dreamliner. >>> plus, netflix's deal with disney. is it really a game changer? phil lebeau and julia boorstin all over those big stories. phil, you first. >> sue, right now as we speak a technical team from boeing is in new orleans looking at that dreamliner after the emergency landing. we'll have the latest in just a bit. >>> but first out to julia in los angeles. >> netflix says the company is taking a big step forward. we'll tell you how and how much it is worth after the break. he loves risk. but whether he's climbing everest, scuba diving the great barrier reef with sharks, or jumping into the market, he goes with people he trusts, which is why he trades with a company that doesn't nickel and dime him with hidden fees. so he can worry about other things, like what the market is doing and being re
't believe going over the cliff will stifle energy command. today is the first day when the group got any lift at all. so what do we do? people are worried the economy is slowing because of the cliff. so what do we do? is it game over for equities should i take my -- hall of fame today and just go home? no, no, no. let me first say absolutely not. we simply have to get eveninger to a cliff resolution or to a situation where no one expects resolution. going with the latter, hey, that is new. let me walk you through here. today last week. last week, genuine hope a deal would get done. today, last week. if you recall, we heard from a host of executives. they met with the president. came out, the mic in their faces. they felt like compromise was in the air. compromise was real, imminent. even heard from the always skeptical ceo of goldman sachs. far apart. it could be hammered out without real difficulty if it were in the private sector. behind the scene, from skeptical to more positive. when i heard those execs touch base with them and spoke with them on both sides of the aisle i thought the
'm standing here going down to the holiday party at the white house. >> more energy than any mere mortal. when we come back, senator mark warner, democrat of virginia, part of our special day, the long focus on the fiscal cliff, rise above d.c., and the opening bell in just about four minutes. >>> the there is no mass-produced human. every human being is unique. and there is one store that recognizes it. the sleep number store. the only place in the world you'll find the extraordinarily comfortable sleep number experience. an exclusive collection of innovations that totally individualize your sleep. perfectly comfortable pillows that adjust to your size and shape. temperature-balancing bedding. dual warmth comforters. all designed around the sleep number bed: a bed with dual-air technology that allows you to adjust to the support your body needs. each of your bodies. in the name of human individuality: the sleep number collection. discover how our sleep professionals can individualize your sleep experience. exclusively at one of our 400 sleep number stores nationwide. sleep number. comfort ind
at the latest report from the international energy agency which may have more of an impact where oil prices are going in this session. they're looking for slightly demand in 2013. and they're pointing to china for the reason. we're anticipating we'll get the report from the energy department at 10:30 a.m. on oil supplies. the expectation is for a slight decline in food supplies. but we did see a major build in the industry report, if that is confirmed we could see these gains short-lived. back to you. >> all right. thank you very much, sharon epperson. we've got a little extra from jamie dimon. but before we get to that -- >> a quick talker on urban outfitters. this morning "usa today" had their new holiday catalog which features a bunch of profane products. there is, for instance, a photo album that says -- basically uses the "f" bomb, drops the "f" bomb and said it was blanking awesome. a candle that spellings ospells out the "f" worth in black. and let's reminisce. a lot of discussion -- one marketing expert said it's brilliant, explosive, short-term marketing that generates buzz. it's t
. aaron, nhk is reporting a one meter high tsunami wave. what are the nuclear authorities and energy authorities saying right now? >> we just reported that, that's right, that's coming off nhk. what we're hearing from all the nuclear operators, that all northeastern stations are operating normally or all shut down actually. nuclear power says there is it no spike in radiation levels. and the one so badly damaged last year, there's been no changes with the cooling system and no irregularities inside the reactors. and the station nearby, a similar story. and that extends to the other stations up the coast. >> reuters is now quoting saying tokyo electric power has ordered workers to evacuate the fukushima nuclear plant. would that be a standard procedure or not? >> we're checking in with them. my guess would be a precaution. because there is a tsunami warning out. but it would be nothing of the magnitude of last year's tsunami and i doubt that it would affect the plant. having visited the plant myself. >> and we know the damage that happened last year. how has that left the -- how has i
at the hotel that you have question marks about the energy security story in the states. >> you know, that's right. i think we are seeing supplies go up. north america, united states, canada, mexico, they've seen significant growth in oil supplies. this year one of the few areas, next year, for a few years to come. is it something that it creates supplies to flood the world's market? no. it's going to create supplies that the world market needs. if you think about the low level of automotive transportation, penetration and emerging markets, again, this longer term story, you'll add more oil coming out of the u.s. you get more demand coming. we're going to need every barrel. >> reporter: where is the price going in 2013? >> i think we'll be higher for brent, quite a bit higher for wti. and that's because we're going to see the narrowing of that brent/wti spread as the seaway pipeline comes on line. and those barrels start flowing at a cushion to the gulf. >> reporter: one last question. the fiscal cliff, we talk about it, historical, dollar down, commodities up. i see less bang for the buck
the latest in energies and metals. >> let's start with the metals market. that's where we're seeing significant gains, particularly in copper, after that positive data out of china. industrial production definitely better than expected. if you look at the factory order data, that was the highest output in november we've seen in about eight months' time. copper leading the gap ining th because of the chinese imports of copper. that was significant for that data. we're also looking at the oil import data coming out of china, the third highest on record. supporting oil prices. we're off of the highs for the session of crude oil but still looking at higher prices for brent and wti contract. but the biggest mover in the energy space today, definitely natural gas. because it's 60-degrees-plus in december today. possibly we'll see an injection to storage even though, yes, it is the month of december. that is the reason why traders are selling that gas right now. back to you. >> all right. thanks very much, sharon epperson. perhaps the largest dollar deal of the day, it is not a merger mond
on 108 earnings. you're looking at 1600. should benefit the financials. energy is a wild card next year. that's what we should be allocating. >> rick, if we go over the fiscal cliff, you have to believe there will be a lot of hoarding of assets, sitting on money. maybe we get more action and fixed income. >> i think what nobody is talking about, you with allude to it constantly, and i'm in your camp. the damage is done. it's evident by many of these reports. even if they come up with a 13th hour settlement, even if they come up with good reform, some of the adjustments that have already been made or have been in the process of being made have already done a lot of damage that we didn't need. we already shot ourselves in the foot on this one. in terms of housing, you know, the shadow inventory that's been tied up in litigation, we could see as many as 20 million of those come on the market in 2013. even though i agree with the guest, there's a lot of different forms of the housing market. some of them are going to be under pressure due to this avalanche of shadowed foreclosure in 2013. >
markets, energy, and medical. it has already caused this uncertainty, roadw uncertainty, a reduction in the amount of work we're doing, and it's prevented us from hiring in some of our plants. >> you're holding back, then. you're holding back on hiring, waiting to see how this thing plays itself out. presuming they don't go over the cliff, they come to some agreement, does that mean you would hire more workers? >> right now it's very frustrating that we don't have issues decided here. so, yes, we have plants that can be ramping up to supply in the defense industry. until we know with certainty what's going to happen with the cuts, we're not going to be hiring in those plants. >> we're going to bring in now howard dean, who i believe is joining us. thank you for joining us. i hope that you've also been listening to what dawn had to say. she's been basically saying it would hurt her company. it's already affecting her hiring decisions. it would hurt the defense industry as well. so why do you feel that going over the fiscal cliff would be good? >> we have an enormous deficit problem in
levels when the report comes out from the energy department this week. that is a another bear signal. and barclays is saying look for around $3.20. back to yo pu. >> warm weather forecasts through end of next week. we like that very much. thank you very much. >>> where were we now? let's see. we're heading towards the close here with the dow up 24 points. again, this market feels very much like a wait and see kind of market. i think sarge has it right. they're waiting for the fed meeting this week. >> we've barely moved in either direction. after the break, we have the legendary investor for you. jack bogle. he's going to be here with his stunning warn. damaging to society as a whole. why? we're going to ask him. plus we'll get his take on a lot more than that. he's worth staying tuned for. >> amen to that. >>> then did you get your bids in? today is d-day for anyone wanting to purchase hostess assets. we'll bring you the latest and find out what has this ding dong so steamed on "saturday night live." did you see that? >> i did not. looked like a good one though. >>> then after the b
when the survey was done. fiscal cliff didn't seem to have as much energy around t.each day that passes we're hearing from our clients, we're going to hold off and we have to make sure. it's really the quickness in which they can do this. >> i was going to ask you if you did that survey today, i wonder whether or not the hiring plans would be a little bit different. if we go into recession or are go over the cliff, what do you think the survey results would look like? >> it's a great question, and, you know, of course, you can't get down to what those 18,000 employers would really say now because some still have demand and some would be less impacted and more impacted. we look at our clients and what they are trying to do right now. 27% in this survey said there would be no change, and the reason this number is high and higher than we've seen, they are holding their hands tight. okay. what do i do? don't know what to do, but we're hearing also, you know what, as your previous guest said if i had some certainty i would feel a little bit better about hiring some people and adding that cos
sectors, industrials up fractionally. energy stocks okay. tech, materials a tough week to the downside, weighed down by apple which lost about $50 so far this week. financials were the big gainers. big comments this week about job layoffs but most of those big names were up again today. these stocks have turned around here. bank of america now well north of $10. home builders having a very rare down week. but up a little bit here today. i anticipate 30% increase in orders next week. kb home also to the up side. horton announces a dividend acceleration earlier today. finally noting here, courtney just mentioned apple and there you see apple down -- apple was $585 at the start of the week. that's $50 off of apple this week. >> the dow is higher today. we'll go up town in a moment to the nasdaq and seema. could you imagine what the dow would be doing this week if the apple were in it? the dow is a price weighted index. >> that's why it would not be in it. they'll have to do some kind of split of apple to put it in there. $600 -- >> can you imagine? >> $50 right now would have dropped hund
of this despite weakness in apple, this group continues to perform very, very well. energy stocks higher earlier, drifting lower, that has the dow's lead from the highs of the session. lastly we want to note that dovert corporation, took the stock down a couple of points. >> no t.o. the nasdaq now, everybody is talking about apple once again down here, but there is a lot more happening at the nasdaq than just apple today. >> absolutely. but let's lead with apple. jeffries hitting the take. could see decelerating growth, negative, margin leverage. elsewhere in tech, we are seeing green across the screen. hp, rising speculation that carl icon is interested in the company. that stock is outperforming today. lastly, the tablet wars heating up. barnes & noble named as part of barons top ten favorite stocks for 2013. the nook reader unit is holding its own against amazon and apple and these developments are not reflected in shares of bks. that's why you can see barnes & noble trading around 6%. sue? >> seema, thanks. rick san tellry is tracking action at the 162 on ten-year. what are they watching tod
to bring this up, even though doing so would raise energy prices. the report is expected to help shape the obama administration response to more than a dozen proposed pet projects. >> it's because it helps the economy and really helps the economy. >> you are a huge block, you're standing in the way of it. >> i've changed my mind about a month and a half, i got beat up by jack i think. >> by a lot of people. >> i still think there is an argument to be add that if you'relogical looking for energy independents you would keep some of the stuff here but i understand if you're looking at it from the prism of jobs this is something you want to tackle. >> we're a free trade country and part of it is you don't make a rule that says why can't regoing to say the food companies can't sell, can't export. you got to be willing to permit exports especially when as in the case here there aren't many things where the american price is a fifth of the world price. that's a huge opportunity. >> there was one line and i just want to throw it out to you that said they were talking about who doesn't want to
and number four. energy was three. six, seven and eight was all about taxes, and the loss of capital, the growth of business, and tax code complexity. i mean, those are -- those are important issues for the small businesses out there. no question about it. like to know something about what's going on. >> okay. so we go -- let's say that this is resolved, that what we have facing us, some way or another, do you expect that it will come off of these lows that you're seeing? >> well, i think that we'll have to see how the economy evolves. since 80% of the declines in the index was about expectations for business conditions, and poor expectations for real growth, and your sales, that means that the small businesses are going to sit tight. they don't expect more customers so they're not going to hire, and that, of course, showed up. all the other components of the index stayed at recession levels. here we are at this very, very low level of optimism, consumer optimism tanked along with the owner optimism. and a lot of them are going to be affected. i mean, the president said only 3% of sm
. also kevin book who is managing director at clear view energy partners. and joe, let's start off talking about the dollar. i can't make heads or tails of why the dollar is under so much pressure. i know things are bad here, we're worried about the fiscal cliff. but look at what's happening in europe and it doesn't really create a whole lot of feeling about why it should be at these levels. >> the dollar has been reactive. the dollar and euro have been reactive for four years now. to almost the same stimulus, the same motivation for the traders. and that's whether people need safe haven, whether they need to move to treasuries and other things. and it's the same issue here. when things look bad in the summer. when spanish rates are up about 7.6%, then everyone is fleeing to the dollar. you get a lot of long dollar positions in the currency markets. and all that happens is when that subsides, then those positions are unwound. you're not really looking at a new trend here. you're not seeing something that has changed traders' minds about whether the dollar is getting better, whether
problem where you want your energy placed. people are folding in longer-term fixes, right, that you can't agree with. you're never going to agree on the end of the year for them. why don't you put it off until next year and solve all of it in the context of a real multitrillion dollar renegotiation on what the long-term fiscal situation looks like? doesn't that make a lot more sense? >> you would have to elect romney to do that. you're not going to extend the bush tax cuts for the high end. >> for another minute. >> not even for a milliseconmil. >> the republicans want to bargain away and let taxes go up by the end of the year and have the big negotiations occur next year when the president will want even more increases in taxes. >> let me ask a different question and it's sort of the -- >> and then we got to go. >> here's the opportunity for the president to eclipse the whole thing, i don't think he's going to but he could eclipse the whole scene. let's not relitigate '01 and '03 let's bridge to tax reform and move forward. the senate democrats not answering their phones are the ones t
happening. cheap to build things here. it's energy costs so much lower than around the world. labor costs -- look at these labor rates. people are not working for much more money. there is slack in the system. it's a developing story. >> tim cook in yesterday's interview on rockcenter said it's the lack of manufacturing skills. they have to look overseas to manufacture their products. i thought that was interesting. there's a notion here in the united states that it's always about cheap labor. cheap labor. that's why you go to china. not necessarily entirely the case. >> a lot of manufacturing jobs require a certain amount of math skill now that was not required 20 or 30 years ago. unfortunately we hear time and again from chief executives, they have hard time filling those fairly high level manufacturing jobs, high skill required manufacturing jobs. >> this is what ceo of general electric stressed in the jobs council for the president, listen up, mr. president. junior colleges is where you can make a difference. >> vocational skills. >> i don't feel it's -- look, washington is focused on
good thing. the amount of energy that's spent on trying to optimize your tax payment, as opposed to managing your business, is a tradeoff we shouldn't be making. so i agree with you entirely on that. i think the other piece of this is getting to entitlements. >> hmm. >> frits, want to thank you very much for coming in. >> my pleasure. >> coming up we're going to talk to an analyst about the surprising same-store sales numbers that we got from mcdonald's. plus jim cramer on other stocks you need to watch. twins. i didn't see them coming. i have obligations. cute obligations, but obligations. i need to rethink the core of my portfolio. what i really need is sleep. introducing the ishares core, building blocks for the heart of your portfolio. find out why 9 out of 10 large professional investors choose ishares for their etfs. ishares by blackrock. call 1-800-ishares for a prospectus which includes investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. read and consider it carefully before investing. risk includes possible loss of principal. ♪ welcome to the world leader in derivative
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